October 21, 2022, 7:30pm
Tisziji Muñoz featuring Paul Shaffer (piano), with Don Pate (bass), Adam Benham (drums), and Zulfugar Baghirov (sax).
Tisziji Muñoz is a visionary avant-garde jazz improviser whose highly unique single-line guitar playing style extends the innovations of his radical forefathers Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and his long-time collaborator Pharaoh Sanders. Born in 1946, Muñoz began performing in New York City and Canada in the early 1970s and recorded his first album Rendezvous with Now on the India Navigation label in 1978. Muñoz has performed with Rashied Ali, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Henry Kaiser, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, and many others, and his five decade career includes a vast repertoire of inspired compositions released on his Anami Music imprint. Having adopted an ascetic lifestyle, Muñoz rarely appears in public, making his performances rare and historic events. For this special concert he will be joined by a band including his longtime devotee and spiritual disciple Paul Shaffer.
Opening the evening will be Francisco Mora Catlett's AfroHORN, with Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone), D. D. Jackson (piano), Bob Stewart (tuba), and Román Dias (congas).
A Mexican-American percussionist and former Sun Ra Arkestra member, Catlett's recent projects include the electronic Afrofuturist group Innerzone Orchestra (with Carl Craig and Craig Taborn) and ongoing collaborations with his former Arkestra colleague Marshall Allen, in addition to his own band.